Botswana’s High Court has ruled to decriminalise homosexuality on Tuesday, in a landmark case being watched across Africa after Kenya recently upheld its own anti-homosexuality laws. Botswana is regarded as one of Africa’s most stable and democratic nations but homosexuality is outlawed under the country’s penal code of 1965.
In March, the court postponed a ruling on the issue after an unnamed applicant challenged two sections of the penal code under which offenders face a jail sentence of up to seven years. That said, this is really good for LGBTQ people in Botswana, given that we are still celebrating Pride Month. Nigeria’s anti-gay law is still very much intact, but we can only queer liberation arrives soon.
— The Writer Formerly Known As Elnathan (@elnathan_john) June 11, 2019
The Botswana high court ruling.
So strong with the anti-discrimination and decriminalisation. Sweet decolonisation analysis… and even slipped in some ‘mind your own genitalia’ for the haters. pic.twitter.com/K803AJegGA
— Kuukuwa Manful (@Kuukuwa_) June 11, 2019
This is how you do it. This is how you uphold human rights. My heart is so full. Congratulations Botswana. #repeal164
— Arit Okpo (@menoword) June 11, 2019